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Church's Chicken® Names Excellence Advisory Council for 2019-2020 Term

Top Franchise Operators and Corporate Leadership Coming Together for Cooperative Brand Strategy and Planning in Upcoming Year

ATLANTA - Nov. 26, 2018 // PRNewswire // - With the 2018 calendar year soon coming to a close, Church's Chicken® announces its inaugural roster of Executive Advisory Council (EAC) members for 2019 and 2020. The council, which was created by CEO, Joe Christina, is a collaborative forum designed to enhance restaurant performance through proven tactics and strategies. The EAC will also be tasked with forming new business-building initiatives and evaluating the effectiveness of various programs to further strengthen the brand. The EAC will also provide regular updates to the Board of Directors of the Church's Independent Franchisee Association (CIFA).

This inaugural group of members include 11 franchisees alongside key corporate leadership, working in one of three teams - Operational Excellence headed by Brendan Berg, Senior Vice President of Global Operations Services; People Excellence led by Global Chief People Officer, Karen J. Viera; and Sales, Profit, and New Product Pipeline overseen by Jennifer Chasteen, Vice President of Brand Strategy and Activation. Christina serves as President for the Council and Craig Prusher, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, serves as Custodian of the Council.

"The formation of the Council is proof positive that we're willing, ready, and able to 'walk the talk' behind our commitments to our valued franchisees and guests," says Christina. "By bringing top-level strategies and goal setting together with insight and implementation expertise unique to our franchisees, Church's is in a fantastic position to deliver meaningful results on efforts already in place and to uncover and capitalize on new opportunities."

The selection process for members began in mid-October when US-based franchisees were encouraged to step up and consider playing a key role in the brand's new EAC. Stepping Up is one of the brand's core values and a guiding principle to accept responsibility and hold ourselves accountable to deliver results through hard work, discipline, and a shared commitment to make a difference in our restaurants and the communities we serve.

The self-nomination window ran for 4-weeks and garnered several dozen qualified franchisees. EAC members were then selected based on their track record of service, engagement, restaurant operations and profitability. Members will be appointed to 2-year terms, and will be limited to a maximum of two, two-year terms. The 2019-2020 roster includes:

  • Hardeep Singh - H&R Foods, Stockton, CA
  • Noor Samji - Border Chicken AZ, Tucson, AZ
  • Imran Syed - INF United, LLC - Atlanta, GA
  • Steve Alkayed - Victron Group - Red Oak, TX
  • Keri Orrel - Church's Chicken of Corpus Christi, Inc. - Corpus Christi, TX
  • Lewis Siplin - Lewis Siplin Enterprises, Valdosta, GA
  • Faisal Zakaria - Waterford Holdings LLC - Houston, TX
  • Chris Haque - S & S Hospitality for Church's, Seattle, WA
  • Mike Collins - Ampler Chicken LLC- San Antonio, TX
  • Tom Gresham - Double Quick - Greenville, MS
  • Sal Kabiruddin - DJ Paradise Chicken LLC - Atlanta, GA

"The EAC is not just about membership; it's about serving, working together and strengthening our brand," emphasized Christina. "We've long said that one of our greatest strengths as a brand is the people who live it every day," Christina adds. "The EAC is a perfect reflection of recognizing the power that comes from working together with our franchisees towards a common purpose - the continued strength, quality, and food service to Church's guests across the country."

About Church's Chicken®

Founded in San Antonio, TX in 1952 by George W. Church, Church's Chicken® is one of the largest quick service restaurant chicken chains in the world. Church's® specializes in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, honey-butter biscuits made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value. Church's® (along with its sister brand Texas Chicken® outside the Americas) has more than 1,500 locations in 23 countries and international territories and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion. For more information, visit
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